Notes from now:
*I passed my Praxis II test for Art Content Knowledge with a 189. I needed a 153. I have my sister Bevin to thank for most of this, and the practice test website I found three days before the test. She and I sat up here and went through question by question. This means I'm an art teacher but
*The school where I would most want to teach (my kids' school) doesn't have the money for an art teacher. Don't get me started about this because it'll only make me more angry. But the good news is
*I have my second interview at my second choice school this afternoon. And actually, the job I'm interviewing for is my first choice (part time, math, classroom work, etc). My first interview went really well and I'm hoping they hire me. Hope hope hope.
*My beer traps bring all the slugs to the yard. This morning's catch was gruesome and pleasing.
*Almost all the plants are in the ground except for the tomatoes. Some of the smaller tomato plants are in pots where they will live this year, but I have a flat of seedlings that aren't ready for prime time yet. I don't know if slugs eat tomato seedlings but I like tomatoes too much to try (mostly the slugs are eating the runner beans, which Fiona planted too close to the surface of the soil anyway).
*I built a sandbox for Billy. And also for Daisy and Fiona and Tara and Naomi and Bree and all sorts of other folks. It was scrap lumber and scrap screws from the treehouse project and it's done. Popular.
*I built a potato box, too, a few weeks later than I would have liked but it's set now and the potatoes are in it. My ground is too much of a question mark, old urban soil, for me to want to plant most things in the ground directly. I use raised beds and containers for the most part...although I just set up a new garden area that isn't raised. We'll see.
*So here's hoping: tomatoes, potatoes, a few peppers (I always get too many hot and not enough sweet), swiss chard, spinach that is being feasted on by slugs, a few beans, peas, radishes, garlic, basil, beets, onions, okra, lettuce (maybe? I did plant it...), sunflowers, fennel, parsley, and rosemary. And an Asian eggplant bought on a whim at our local natural foods store. Who knows. I planted enough peas this time to maybe get more peas than a handful--the kids always just eat them off the vine. But really, what's so bad about that?
*I built a rock patio, too, for under the pool in the summer and for the little fire pit the rest of the time. It makes my back yard look like I mean it. Finally.
*Transplanted a ton of hostas and ferns and various bulbs into the correct areas for their light requirements. I have a lot of perennials now and it's starting to fill in the gaps.
*Billy refuses to potty train. Completely. Belligerently.
*It was 90 here yesterday. The girls slept downstairs. Daisy coughed. It was great.
*This is Holy Week and I'm busy six ways to Sunday. Literally and figuratively.
*Fiona just completed a bicycle repair course at school and gets a new bike today as part of the deal. Can I just say I love Montessori? I know it isn't Montessori but it kind of is.
*Speaking of Montessori, it's been a huge headache lately at school with new teacher hires and not enough Montessori certificates and I'm so glad I don't run that zoo. A lot of cutting of ones' noses to spite ones' faces. Tired of everything being hard. Including how to get a kitchen established. Let's see what idiom works here. I'm catching it coming and going? Perhaps six ways to Sunday again. If this new job works out, perhaps I can let some things go there.
*And no. I've been saying more no. Kadir's mom called me last night to see if I'd reconsider my "no tutoring students next fall" policy. I told her I just couldn't. Back to work after 11 years off? Seriously. I stuck to my No.
*We're reading Following My Own Footsteps by Mary Downing Hahn at bedtime. It is really well done.
*Found evidence of a mouse nest as I pulled out the hide-a-bed last night for Daisy. Super. Obviously it never got established, but it was definitely started. Fiona reminded me of the evening where we all heard the big squeak up in the library this past winter. Go Jack. Eat the mouse.
*Girl Scout Cookie Sales went off without any major hitches this year. Amazing.
*My to-do list post-Easter involves painting the front porch floor again, putting away the winter clothes, finishing the stained glass for the cabinet doors in the dining room, and planning Daisy's first communion party. Hoping for brisket. Gotta get my dad on that. And a cake....hmm.